T1D Tuesday: What exactly is Type 1 Diabetes?
Finding out you have Type 1 Diabetes can be overwhelming. Suddenly, you’re given a ton of information. You’re looking up anything and everything you can about this condition. You’re trying to distill fact from fiction.
We know how stressful it can be to sift through the massive amount of information available online. We want to make this easier for you. Every Tuesday, we’ll pick a topic about diabetes and break it down.
In this post, we’ll explain exactly what Type 1 Diabetes is, and dispel a common myth.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Before we dive right in, it’s important to understand what the pancreas does.
The pancreas is a glandular organ that contains beta cells. These beta cells are responsible for secreting the hormone insulin. Insulin plays an extremely vital role. It breaks down sugar from the foods we eat and stores it. Thus, it is responsible for preventing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Since the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, it needs a little help from a continuous glucose monitor — also known as a CGM. A CGM is a wearable device that monitors your glucose levels throughout the day. It lets you know if there are any highs or lows, so you can take insulin accordingly.
Docto takes this a step further. While CGMs give you your glucose levels in the past, Docto gives you your levels one hour in the future. Thus, when used in conjunction with a CGM and fitness tracker, you’ll be able to take an active role in your own wellbeing.
Moreover, being able to know your future stats will allow you to enjoy the present more.
What are the common symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes?
The common symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes include:
2. Unusual tiredness
3. Blurry vision
4. Unusually large appetite
5. Weight loss
Is it possible to live a happy, healthy life with Type 1 Diabetes?
The short answer: ABSOLUTELY! While it may seem daunting at first, you’ll soon learn to make healthy adjustments to your life.
One of the biggest misconceptions about Type 1 Diabetes is that it is caused by your lifestyle. Unlike Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 is an autoimmune disease. What that means is, your immune system attacks your cells, thinking they’re a threat. In this case, your immune system attacks your beta cells…and that’s why your body isn’t producing insulin.
Therefore, Type 1 isn’t caused by lifestyle at all. You were born with it. But that doesn’t mean you need to let it define you.
To learn more about Docto and how we help Type 1 Diabetics, click here.